Ruth’s Gleanings Celebrates One Year Anniversary of FoodShareThis week’s blog is written by Tonja Ruth Smith, Founder/Executive Director, Ruth’s Gleanings
Increasing Access to Fresh, Healthy FoodRuth’s Gleanings empowers people in nutritional poverty by increasing access to healthy, fresh food. We do this through two avenues: our gleaning program, and FoodShare, our fresh food box program. When we received funding from Mary Black Foundation to launch the FoodShare program in January of 2019, we knew that the program had the potential to serve a lot of people in Spartanburg with increased access to fresh, healthy food. What we didn’t know was how quickly the community would embrace the program, causing a 12-fold increase within just a few months.
What is FoodShare?
FoodShare is a healthy fresh produce box that is aggregated and distributed bi-weekly through marketing and sales of the food at wholesale cost. It is geared for low-income and SNAP/EBT participants. Our primary location is in the Northside of Spartanburg, strategically placed in an area that traditionally has had low access to fresh produce. We take orders and distribute the FoodShare boxes from this location at 147 Chapel Street. We also have five partner sites throughout the county that take FoodShare orders and distribute from their location, further increasing access to low income families in our community. In response to the closing of the Save-A-Lot Grocery store in the Southside of Spartanburg, we have partnered with The Epiphany Episcopal Church on Ernest L Collins Ave in the Southside.